New Home With Gray and Black Painted Kitchen and Farmhouse Inspiration in Every Room

This Spring we have just felt so overwhelmed with appreciation for our customers and our builder relationships. Your support of Village Home Stores has kept our hearts so darn full while our showroom has had to be more empty. There are still so many new homes going up throughout the Quad Cities region. It is such an honor to work with so many area builders to put our design and products into their work. Our new home customers find that an appointment and the short drive to our one-stop-shop saves them time and money. Much of the process can even be done online through our login system. Together we can build a team of experts from each department for new home clients to help to create fully realized finished spaces. A great example is this Kerkhoff Homes property that just finished up in Bettendorf Iowa. Check out this dream kitchen!

Bettendorf new home kitchen with light gray and black painted cabinets. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Bettendorf new home kitchen with light gray and black painted cabinets. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

We wanted to take some time to show you around the many highlights from this project beginning with a tour of the open-concept great room kitchen. The element that is first to grab your attention in the kitchen is the tiled backsplash area on the range wall. The main backsplash tile throughout the kitchen and dry bar area is a 1″x4″ Tundra Gray by Epic Stone. It is accented with a shimmering wide stripe of metal mosaic that cascades from ceiling to cooktop. This Falling Stars Aluminum Mix series in the Platinum Moon color is from our Glazzio Tile line. It blends mixed metallic finishes in grays and silvers.

Metal mosaic wall tile above cooktop in kitchen with large range and stainless steel hood
Metal mosaic wall tile above cooktop in kitchen with large range and stainless steel hood

This tile looks so perfectly at home surrounded by the “Fog” painted Koch cabinetry and Stainless Steel appliance package. A pot filler faucet in matte black has also been installed on the accent tile. This adds function and style to the cooking zone. The star of the kitchen appliances in this new home is the 48″ wide KitchenAid commercial style range. For serious home chefs, curious future home chefs, or households who entertain large groups, this range is a dream! 4′ wide with two oven cavities, this is a dual fuel model range. That means that you get the accuracy and constancy of an electric bake or broil in the ovens and the immediate control of a gas cooktop. Shop dual fuel ranges here at villagehomestores.com

Large 48 inch wide Kitchen Aid Commercial dual fuel range with two ovens, 6 burners, and griddle
Large 48 inch wide Kitchen Aid Commercial dual fuel range with two ovens, 6 burners, and griddle

Atop that double oven is 4′ of exceptional cooktop surface. A combined 6 gas burners and an integrated griddle. A continuous grate system over the burners allow a user to move pans of all sizes from one location to another. It also makes a great wide surface for cooling items from the oven. This is illustrated below by “Lord Stanley” who is monitoring the status of some cookies cooling.

Large 48 inch wide Kitchen Aid Commercial dual fuel range with two ovens, 6 burners, and griddle in a kitchen by Village Home Stores
Large 48 inch wide Kitchen Aid Commercial dual fuel range with two ovens, 6 burners, and griddle in a kitchen by Village Home Stores

The cabinetry in this Bettendorf kitchen is from our Koch Classic line in the best-selling Savannah doorstyle. This flat-panel door is the perfect Transitional selection that can work for many tastes. It can be ordered in painted and stained finishes. Shown here with the painted light gray “Fog” finish on the perimeter and “Black” paint on the kitchen island. The Fog paint is a wonderful neutral finish option for spaces that have a lot of whites and want a subtle compliment.

Bettendorf new home kitchen with light gray and black painted cabinets. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Light gray and black painted cabinets and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

Our most requested feature for new home kitchen designs is a hidden pantry (also modeled here by Lord Stanley who just wanted to make sure we weren’t after his treats). We are able to order a matching tall cabinet front with no bottom rail from our cabinet companies. This allows you to create an entrance that looks like a normal pantry, but opens to reveal a hidden walk-in space. Want to see more examples of hidden pantries? Check out this storage solutions board on our Pinterest page!

Hidden walk in pantry behind tall doors in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes
Hidden walk in pantry behind tall doors in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home.

Fresh and frozen food storage is found on the other wall of the kitchen design. We surrounded a counter-depth French Door refrigerator with a deep upper cabinet and tall end panels. This gives a built in and clean finished look. Concerned about losing storage space with a counter depth model? You no longer have to be! This counter-depth KitchenAid model is the largest capacity counter-depth refrigerator in its class! It has a slide-away split shelf, self-close crispers, and a custom temperature pantry drawer.

Gray and black painted kitchen with counter depth french door refrigerator from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Gray and black painted kitchen with Kitchen Aid counter depth french door refrigerator from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

Selecting lighting for an entire new home can be overwhelming to do on your own. Thank goodness we have a lighting expert on staff who is dedicated to working for all of our new home customers! Setting up an appointment with our lighting department allows us to sit down with you, your plan, and your budget. In that first appointment we can help determine your personal style and tastes and begin to curate an estimate for you through our online login program. Don’t forget that our new home customers can also qualify for our Lighting Bundle Program at Village.

Jar shaped pendant lights above kitchen island in Bettendorf Iowa. Lighting and kitchen by Village Home Stores
Jar shaped pendant lights above kitchen island in Bettendorf Iowa. Lighting and kitchen by Village Home Stores

In this great room we provided three medium-sized pendants for above the kitchen island, a dinette light, and ceiling fans. Working with a lighting expert allows you to create a lighting plan using multiple brands and styles that compliment each other. This is so much better for a finished result than just buying a whole series of the same lighting in varied sizes. We love the jar shape of the Uttermost “Lansing” island pendants and the complimenting finishes in a difference shape and style for the dinette area just beyond the kitchen.

Three jar shaped pendant lights hang above kitchen island with dinette light and fan within view. Lighting and kitchen by Village Home Stores
Three jar shaped pendant lights hang above kitchen island with dinette light and fan within view. Lighting and kitchen by Village Home Stores

Below the pendant lights and right at the center of all kitchen activity is the kitchen sink. A farmhouse style apron sink has become another staple feature for many styles of homes. Here we have created the perfect prep and cleanup space by including a pull out waste basket to the right of the sink, and a KitchenAid dishwasher to the left. Quiet at just 39 decibels (normal conversation is about 50), you can run this dishwasher any time of day or night without disrupting music or television use in the great room.

White farm sink in black painted kitchen island. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores
White farm sink in black painted kitchen island. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores

The countertop surfaces in this kitchen are a marble-look engineered quartz surface called “Calacatta Laza”. This color is a fantastic marble fake-out in a durable and foodsafe surface. We are learning now more that ever that it is important to help reduce the spread of germs and bacteria within your home. Quartz countertop surfaces are non-porous so they will not absorb stains, cleaners, or any other “ickies” that may be on these cute paws below. Quartz surfaces can be cleaned with any non-abrasive cleaners and many times our customers just use mild soap and water.

Tabby cat on kitchen island quartz surfaces. Engineered quartz is a great surface for your kitchen during this coronavirus time and at all times.
Tabby cat on kitchen island quartz surfaces. Engineered quartz is a great surface for your kitchen during this coronavirus time and at all times.

Let’s head to the bar to celebrate and toast this new home! The same quartz surface and “Fog” painted cabinetry was installed as an extension to the kitchen in a dry bar area. Here we included a finished cabinet interior and glass doors for the upper cabinets and a built-in space below for beverage coolers. The result is a large built in bar area that keeps a light, airy, and inviting feel for use.

Home bar in kitchen with Kitchen Aid undercounter glass door refrigerators from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Home bar in kitchen with Kitchen Aid undercounter glass door refrigerators from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

The two under counter appliances built in are stylish and super functional. With a counter-depth refrigerator as the main kitchen fridge, these glass-front models allow for added beverage storage outside of needing to use the main fridge. On the left is a wine cellar unit with two temperature zones within. On the right is a glass-front undercounter refrigerator. Glass-front bar fridges are fantastic for households who entertain because you have a clear way-finding clue day and night for guests to serve themselves without feeling sneaky trying to find the drinks.

Kitchen Aid undercounter glass door refrigerator and wine cooler from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Kitchen Aid undercounter glass door refrigerator and wine cooler from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

And while “Lord Stanley” is the guardian of the pantry in this house, it looks like “Cy” here is the bouncer for this bar! This entire new home is stunning and fit with many high end products. We wanted to take a moment to point out the flooring in these spaces. Would you believe this ISN’T real hardwood? In photos and even in person it will fool you! This is actually a floating luxury vinyl plank floor. We wanted to point out that many of our new home customers are selecting luxury vinyl planks and tiles and the look and performance is still high end!

Rain Forest Adventure II series floating vinyl plank floor in a Bettendorf quad cities home. LVP by Village Home Stores
Rain Forest Adventure II series floating vinyl plank floor in a Bettendorf quad cities home. LVP by Village Home Stores

The great room, kitchen, foyer, study, dining room, sunroom, and stairway landings are all installed in the Adventure II series “Rain Forest” vinyl plank from our Engineered Floors line. Vinyl planks come in such a wide variety of sizes, colors, and even textures. Village Home Stores has a lot of options for your new or existing home in this flooring category. You will also be delighted for the added piece of mind with the warranties on many of these vinyl planks. Looking for a flooring surface for your active household that is pet-friendly, durable, and even waterproof? Then reach out to us for a quote today. We also provided wall tile for this home in the showers, mentioned kitchen, and the two textured statement walls shown below.

Fireplace surround and accent wall of powder room in siberian white ledger tile. Materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes
Fireplace surround and accent wall of powder room in siberian white ledger tile. Materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes

The fireplace wall and powder room vanity wall each are fit with a ledger tile. This same “Siberian White Honed Ledger” is installed horizontally as a fireplace surround and then vertically in the powder room. A pair of a smaller version of the kitchen island pendants are hung in the powder room. The light cast onto this tile looks so amazing! Texture and dimension in a neutral and classic material. And speaking of texture, check out this stunning tray ceiling in the master bedroom!

Barnwood ceiling with Galveston farmhouse style fan. Quorum lighting and Dream Weaver Pearl Slate carpeting available at Village Home Stores
Barnwood ceiling with Galveston farmhouse style fan. Quorum lighting and Dream Weaver Pearl Slate carpeting available at Village Home Stores

There is something to love in every room of this new home. The laundry room in this Kerkhoff Homes new build is large and perfectly located in the plan. Near the active great room space but out of sight, it is easy to stay on task with laundry throughout the day. And with the connected features of this smart Maytag front load laundry pair, it is even easier to stay on task. You can use the app to monitor and control features when you’re away from home or just in another room. The connected laundry allows you to receive notifications and alerts when the load is done. And any Maytag customer can appreciate that you can even avoid some service calls by connecting your appliance to the app.

Koch Express cabinetry and Maytag front load laundry in a Bettendorf Quad Cities laundry room. Design and materials from Village Home Stores
Koch Express cabinetry and Maytag front load laundry in a Bettendorf Quad Cities laundry room.

Want to see more from this beautiful new home? We have uploaded a whole album of photos as a project to our Best of Houzz-winning profile. Find that project here and save some of these images to your own ideabooks for a project with Village Home Stores. Are your ready to start that project with us? Your first step is to just reach out. We can answer any questions you have about our new home or remodel design process. Our expert team is just a message or a phone call away. You can reach us at (309) 944-1344 or by dropping your information in the webchat right here on the blog.

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Ivory White Kitchen Perfect For Entertaining

During the holiday season, we love to share recent kitchen designs that are great spaces for entertaining. This week’s featured project is a remodeled Coal Valley, Illinois kitchen that is a holiday hosting dream. This spacious kitchen is perfect for entertaining! A U-shaped kitchen layout with a peninsula and dual-level kitchen island. Plus another wall of pantry, fresh food storage, and display cabinets are also within the same room. Step on in and take a look around with us.

U shaped kitchen with white cabinets and cherry floors. Peninsula and dual level island design.
U shaped kitchen with white cabinets and cherry floors. Peninsula and dual level island design.

Each corner of the kitchen layout includes a tall cabinet with built-in appliances. As you face the main U-shape layout, the left corner is home to a built in microwave and raised dishwasher (shown below). This kitchen remodel was completed keeping as close to the original layout as possible. Why? These gorgeous floors were already installed and in great condition! The original kitchen included a 15″ wide trash compactor unit. In the new design, we instead installed a built-in KitchenAid ice maker. With a water line already accessible in the neighboring corner for the dishwasher, this revised appliance option is ideal for the existing layout.

kitchen with raised dishwasher installed in corner cabinet
A U-shaped kitchen design with corner appliances including a raised dishwasher with built-in microwave above.

In the other corner of the kitchen, we installed a double wall oven unit. This 500 series wall oven includes True Convection options. This provides consistent heating and even cooking to ensure there are no burnt edges or under-cooked centers. The temperature probe delivers accurate measurement of internal temperatures of meats, poultry, and casseroles without needing to open the oven. Built-in appliances in a corner can add a lot of interest in look and function. We love how this layout offers up open landing space for the oven items on each side and behind the user at the island.

tall corner cabinet with double wall oven installed in a U shaped kitchen design
Tall corner cabinet with double wall oven installed in a U shaped kitchen design.

Speaking of open counter space, the span connecting the U-shape is wide open for prep, service, or decor. This length of counter can be used so many ways. Make a mess? No problem! Clean up is a breeze because there are no grout lines in the kitchen backsplash. A full height slab of matching “Calacatta Laza” quartz surface is installed keeping a clean and consistent look.

Calacatta Laza quartz counters and full height backsplash in a Quad Cities area kitchen. Cabinetry, quartz, appliances, lighting, design, and complete remodel by Village Home Stores
Calacatta Laza quartz counters and full height backsplash in a Quad Cities area kitchen.

Our quartz surfaces are expertly measured, templated, fabricated, and installed. We can even arrange to have cutouts made for your outlets and switches. In this kitchen design we installed our Radiant switches and outlets in a “Nickel” finish. When you work with a lighting expert at Village Home Stores we can help you to select a complimenting finish for your outlets, switches, and covers. Nothing can rob attention from a beautiful kitchen and backsplash quite like disruptively basic outlets dotting across it. This radiant series dresses up the look of any wall switch or outlet.

Calacatta Laza quartz counters and full height backsplash in a Quad Cities area kitchen with MacKenzie Childs items displayed
Calacatta Laza quartz counters and full height backsplash in a Quad Cities area kitchen. Quartz surfaces and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

The right decor and accents can truly make a space! That is absolutely true in the case of the MacKenzie Childs Courtly Check pattern items displayed throughout this new kitchen. The white on white kitchen provides the perfect backdrop for the playfully patterned collection of this homeowner. Shown below is an iconic checkered teapot resting on a 5 burner gas cooktop centered in the dual-level kitchen island.

KitchenAid 30" 5 burner gas cooktop with griddle in a Quad Cities area kitchen. Quartz surfaces, appliances, cabinetry, and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
KitchenAid 30″ 5 burner gas cooktop with griddle in a Quad Cities area kitchen.

When you are making selections for a kitchen design there are so many details to be decided. When you work with Village Home Stores we are with you every step of the way. Our designers can help keep you on track, on budget, and guide your choices all with that final finished vision in mind. One detail that can really chance the look of a counter surface is the edge style that you choose. In this Coal Valley kitchen, an “Ogee” edge style was applied to the counter surfaces.

Calacatta Laza quartz counters with Ogee edge style applied in a Quad Cities area kitchen. Quartz surfaces and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
Calacatta Laza quartz counters with Ogee edge style applied in a Quad Cities area kitchen. Quartz surfaces and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

The profile choice on your counter surfaces can add more curves and edges for light to reflect. In this kitchen design, the island counter surfaces look perfectly highlighted and framed in by the “Ogee” edge. We must also mention that the finished space had another very cute black and white accent piece that is featured front and center in the image below:

Dual level kitchen island with two pendant lights hanging above. Kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores
Dual level kitchen island with two pendant lights hanging above.

That’s Martini and she just loves her new kitchen from Village Home Stores. She makes a cameo in so many of these photos we figured a proper intro was in order. The wall opposite the U-shape is home to a tall pantry cabinet, built in refrigerator, and a pair of refrigerated drawers. The main refrigerator is 48″ wide and the set of refrigerated drawers to the left are 24″ wide.

KitchenAid 48 inch wide built in refrigerator installed in a white kitchen. Kitchen appliances, design, and remodel by Village Home Stores
KitchenAid 48 inch wide built in refrigerator installed in a white kitchen.

There is a small extension of base and wall cabinets on the other end. Normally this counter surface would become a drop zone for mail, keys, and charging devices. But we hid all of that in the top drawer out of sight! While we can’t design a kitchen that is resistant to clutter or piles… we can suggest better storage solutions for you!

Of course any painted kitchen looks even brighter when it is illuminated by our bestselling Diode LED tape lighting. In this Coal Valley Quad Cities home we installed the low-profile system in three applications: undercounter lighting, in-cabinet lighting, and above cabinet lighting. The look is amazing and with such a low voltage use, this system is the perfect ambient lighting to leave on as much as you would like!

Glass door built in hutch area in a Coal Valley Quad Cities remodeled kitchen. Cabinetry, counters, appliances, lighting, design, and remodel by Village Home Stores
Glass door built in hutch area in a Coal Valley Quad Cities remodeled kitchen.

This project was managed start to finish by Village Home Stores using our Complete Project Management Program. This step-by-step process allows us to keep our remodel customers on track and on budget for their home projects with us. You can learn more about our process and see more in-depth tours of the remodels we are completing in the Quad Cities area by watching our weekly TV show. Watch it every Sunday morning on WQAD at 10am or catch past episodes online, anytime on YouTube. Just type “Village Home Show” into the search bar.

The cabinetry in this kitchen is from our Koch Cabinetry line in the “Easton” raised panel door and “Ivory” white painted finish. Want to see more of this gorgeous finished kitchen? The cabinet handles are from Jeffery Alexander’s Sullivan series in the “Brushed Pewter” finish. The appliance package is from our KitchenAid line and many of the built-in unites can be ordered in other sizes if needed. Shop our Local Low Price Guaranteed on all appliances online, anytime here at villagehomestores.com For this remodel we did keep the original flooring… but that didn’t stop us from making some big changes to the flow of the room and nearby spaces. We removed an archway that used to divide the kitchen from the nearby sunroom. By removing that section of arched wall, we were able to extend the kitchen peninsula for more storage and seating (see below).

U shaped kitchen with white cabinets, quartz counters and cherry floors. Peninsula and dual level island design.
U shaped kitchen with white cabinets, quartz counters and cherry floors.

We also removed some walls and doorways for that mentioned sunroom. Now the flow of the social spaces in this home all feels more open and inviting. We can easily picture this kitchen packed with holiday guests. What a stunning space. Our thanks to these amazing customers for choosing to work with us and for allowing us to come pet Martini one last time and snap some photos to share with you. Find the full album of photos from this project added here to our Houzz portfolio. Have a question about our remodel or design process? Interested in gathering an estimate from us? Just reach out and we will answer all of your questions. You can call us at (309) 944 1344 or complete this online form for an appointment. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on in your home.

Rock Island Remodel: Bigger & Brighter

A Full Kitchen Remodel Managed from Start to Finish By Village Home Stores.

before_photoThe “before” story of this remodel looks like many kitchens throughout the Quad Cities. White laminated thermofoil cabinetry was extremely popular years ago and commonly paired with black, gray, and white color schemes. In its time this was a pretty incredible look in kitchen design. Also common in this era was the look of soffits above the cabinetry. This kitchen in Rock Island is ready for an update…

Kitchen_Contractor_Rock_Island…and talk about a transformation! This bigger and brighter new kitchen in Rock Island, IL is gorgeous and seems to have almost doubled in size! See this full video tour on this episode of the Village Home Show. Just press play below.

sharp_microwaveThis space has been updated with a design that is timeless and sophisticated. “Pearl” painted cabinetry with an “Umber” glaze from our Koch Classic line  is paired with Cambria quartz in the “Buckingham” design. Stainless steel appliances by KitchenAid are built-in for a customized look. In place of a countertop or microwave hood,  an over-the-counter microwave by Sharp is installed above the drop zone at the entry of the kitchen. This over-the-counter style is a wonderful option when a built-in look is desired.

remodeling_quad_citiesThe entire kitchen is finished in the painted “Pearl” color but the new eat-in area now within the front room is paneled in  a”Mocha” stain. There is a certain richness and sophistication with this contrast and the bar stools are the perfect choice to balance the light and dark colors together.

kitchen_design_Rock_IslandWith the location of the dining room table now moved into the front room, there is space for a beautiful new hutch area. Take a look at a birdseye view of the overall design for the new kitchen:

kitchen_design_rock_islandYou can see in this new design how adding the new hutch area creates an extension of the new kitchen on that back wall and helps the entire kitchen footprint seem much larger. These homeowners in Rock Island, IL chose to work with Village Home Stores because they wanted to open up the existing space and create one large finished space. They also were wanting someone that could schedule and manage the entire process for them. This type of project is exactly why we offer our Project Management services to our customers.

remodel_timelineRemodeling a kitchen or bathroom is not something that you do every year. In many cases it is something you may only do once in a lifetime. At Village Home Stores this is what we do every day. We can help you as little or as much as you would like. If you just need a design and materials for your project we are here for you and if you want someone to take care of it all from start to finish we are here as well. See the entire album of the before, during and after photos over on our Facebook page here.

kitchen remodel before and afterIn the case of this Rock Island remodel there were multiple crews needed to achieve the end result these homeowners were wanting. We managed everything from start to finish. This includes coordinating a “meeting of the minds” so to speak at your home early in the estimating process. Our project manager can then get accurate estimates and schedule a timeline for your project based on a realistic and efficient use of everyone’s time.

kitchen_design_in_Quad_CitiesThe new kitchen sink and countertop pairs perfectly with the warm Travertine tile backsplash. Every permanent element to this new kitchen design remains neutral but the entire new overall space is playful and exciting. We love the bold artwork that faces the new front room. Plus the new dining room light fixture is a statement in itself. 

lighting_store_quad_citiesThis sparkling “Lucia” fixture from Feiss is stunning in person. It looks gorgeous when off and breathtaking when lit. Our lighting team can help you create the perfect lighting plan for your entire space. We have thousands of fixtures to select from and they will help you find just the right one. You can notice when you look beyond this light that the old soffits were also removed when the wall was opened up.

Contractor_Rock_IslandNow the new cabinetry extends all the way to the ceiling. If you didn’t guess from the artwork, the dogbowls above may be a dead giveaway that a dog lives here. Those big dogbowls suggest that “Tucker” has a pretty big appetite. But who wants to take up so much space in that beautiful new pantry cabinet for a bog bin of dog food? Take a look at what feature was worked into the kitchen design instead…

pet_food_storageThis pull-out cabinet includes a covered insert for pet food storage. Now dog food can be stored within reach but out of sight. When we made a little video clip of this cabinet in action “Tucker” was very interested in his food cabinet opening up. Watch it here and keep a close eye on his ears perking up.

range and hoodWith the new cabinetry extending all the way to the ceiling there was not an opportunity to stagger the heights of the decorative wood hood in the new design. Instead a slight change in depth and an arched panel shelf above the cooktop create interest and allow space within it for a Broan hood insert. There was also an area down the hallway that was included in this new look.

hall_closetThis built-in linen cabinet was removed and replaced with matching cabinetry to the kitchen within sight of the hallway. We love how this project turned out and it was amazing how much of a difference it made right away to remove that section of wall and open up the new kitchen into the front room. This big bright room is now the place to be at it is so easy to picture it full of guests having a wonderful time.

cabinetry_Rock_IslandIf you are ready to start the conversation about your own remodel project give us a call or click here to make an appointment. Transforming spaces is what we love to do and we can’t wait to help you get your own dream kitchen. Village_kitchen